Barry Kauler has a new Distribution Release out – EasyOS 2.7 – a loaded 489MB’s on the downloadable easy-2.7-amd64.img.gz file. Linux users of ‘Terminal-centric Distros’ like EndeavourOS actually believe their 1.9++++++++++GB ISO files are not loaded down with bloat!? Of course, such ‘Password Dependent’ Linux users will believe anything their assigned ‘Linux Nanny’ tells ‘em.

Give it a try ‘n find out what being the Fulltime Linux Root User on yore *OWN* computer is like!

  • Barry Kauler started Puppy Linux in response to a trend of other distributions becoming stricter on system requirements over time. His own distribution, with an emphasis on speed and efficiency and being lightweight, started from “Boot disk HOWTO” and gradually included components file-by-file until Puppy Linux was completed. Puppy Linux started as Vector Linux based until it became a fully independent distribution.

Barry Kauler retired from Puppy Linux in 2013, and started Quirky Linux. He now develops EasyOS – as another “experimental” Linux distribution of his. The man retires ‘n then starts creating a bunch of “experimental” Distros!?  😉

Here’s an earlier review: Barry Kauler –Developed Puppy Linux, Quirky Linux, new EasyOS 2.3 ‘n new EasyPup 2.3. I am not going to do a full review today, but give some Tips on installing it…well, “installing” might not be the correct term, i.e. you “Restore” the .img.gz file using the USB Image Tool, that’s all I did. I mean, it apparently doesn’t go thru the normal Linux installation, it just sorta ‘Happens’!?  😉

One of the few Desktop OS advantages that Linux has over Windows 10 is its portability, and EasyOS is right up there at the TOP wid the best of them when it comes to portability!

Give it a try ‘n find out what being the Fulltime Linux Root User on yore *OWN* computer is like! Find out what its like not having the annoying ‘Pesky Password’ demands of that ‘Linux Nanny’ constantly hanging around yore neck!

Give EasyOS a try, and then take a look at the Top 5 Distros on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page. They represent the ‘Best of the Best’ Desktop OSes that Linux has to offer. EasyOS is not ready for my Top 10, but it’s already better than 95-99% of all the other Linux Distros, IMHO. I will add it to the Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ page @ the #7 spot. Ran it thru 4 of My Computers and found only one issue, i.e. it didn’t recognize the ViewSonic monitor’s speakers…recognized other speakers, but not the monitors.

As I mentioned earlier this is not ‘a full review today, but’ am just giving some Tips on installing it to USB. Once you have the USB Image Tool you can follow these tips:

Highlight the target disk by clicking on it (upper left corner), and then click on Restore.

That opens a window for you to find the easy-2.7-amd64.img.gz file:

It may not show up, so try the “All Files (*.*)” or possibly the .img.gz choice if offered. Once you’ve selected it goes here:

Click the Yes button in the popup if all looks correct. That’s it. Here’s a GParted pic of what the USB partitions look like after USB Image Tool finishes:

I installed it onto a 16GB SanDisk Ultra Flair USB. Then, stick the bootable USB into a computer…hit the Boot Menu key if needed:

  • Keyboard layout – mine is “US” so hit ENTER for default
  • Asks if you want a password – hit ENTER for no password
  • It creates a one-time snapshot – then boots into desktop “Quick Setup” window.
  • “Recompress easy.sfs” – check box
  • Firewall enabled – hit OK (if not checked already)
  • Quick Setup is finished
  • Add your own personal setting choices ‘n reboot

All yore settings get saved automatically. EasyOS is fast ‘n snappy! Comes wid so many apps ‘n such you wonder how Barry squeezed it all into one 489MB file!? GParted, GIMP, LibreOffice, cameras ‘n Screen Captures, viewers, paint programs, calculators of all types, personal organizer ‘n note manager, more types of managers, all kinds of Audio apps ‘n Burners ‘n Rippers ‘n etcetera, and the JWMdesk Manager to tweak ‘n manage it all.

Here’s what the Quick Setup’s “Recompress easy.sfs” – check box pic looks like:

I believe that recompress choice it probably the best option…I did it both ways. Also, I only added in the America – New York time zone, checked “Recompress easy.sfs” ‘n made sure Firewall box was checked, i.e. I left display default settings as they had it. You can change it later, but I was bouncing from one computer to another computer after that, so a default setting probably works best for a new portability OS, IMHO. Switched primary mouse button ‘n used JWMdesk Manager to get rid of all the Desktop Icons.

I like the clean look w/o all the desktop icons ‘n that looks clean! I also like this new EasyOS version so much that I will also add it to the Puppy Linux – ‘Companion OS for Windows 10‘ page, in case one or two of the some billion WIN10 users might want to see what a portable companion OS is like…

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!